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National Park accommodation

Camp by the beach and reef

South end of the main beach, Ko Kradan T: (075) 203 308

National Park accommodation

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Providing a solid option for self-sufficient budget travellers, Hat Chao Mai National Park offers a campground to go with a few spartan rooms overlooking a mind-blowing beach within steps of a reef that people come all the way from Lanta to snorkel at.

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Set in a bunker-like cement structure facing the sea, the few private rooms were full when we last passed through but a friendly park staffer told us they come with hard beds, screened windows, fans and cold-water showers. Electricity is switched on only at night.

Go for a tent.

Go for a tent. Photo: David Luekens

You could also go for a park-issued tent or set up your own for 30 baht a night while using shared cold-water bathrooms. With casuarina trees towering over blinding white sand kissed by aquamarine sea, this is one of the more visually impressive campgrounds we’ve come across on any Thai island. The natural beauty is somewhat tarnished by broken-down and unfinished concrete bungalows standing derelict up on the hill, but who cares when you can stay on this beach for this cheap?

The park runs a restaurant and shop selling inexpensive Thai rice plates and essentials. There’s no WiFi, but you can rent snorkels and masks for 100 baht per day and kayaks for 500 baht. While not especially rude or unfriendly, park staffers speak limited English and tend to be standoffish towards the many foreign travellers who pass through.

Park accommodation and other services shut down for the rainy months from around May through October. You can try to navigate the Department of National Park’s disastrous website to reserve a room, though you may be better off calling or asking a Trang travel agent for help. Otherwise you should have no problems scoring a tent on the spot.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
closed or n/a
300 baht
Dbl fan private bathroom
closed or n/a
600 baht
Room: Tent, low season: closed or n/a, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: closed or n/a, high season 600 baht. Notes:

Where is National Park accommodation

National Park accommodation
South end of the main beach, Ko Kradan
T: (075) 203 308
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º15'34.15" E, 7º18'31.9" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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